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Topic 
50% 
Study designs, measurement types, and which statistics to use with each. You may be given descriptions of studies and asked to describe their design and the kind of statistic you would use to analyze their results with. You may be asked to give an example of a particular kind of study design, including a research model and description of variables. You may be given an excerpt of data from a study and asked what kind of statistic you should use. Also important is an understanding of extraneous/confounding variables and how to deal with them, and a conceptual understanding of mediating and moderating variables, proximal vs. distal outcome variables, and independent vs. dependent variables (relative to a research model). 
10% 
Descriptive statistics. You should be able to determine the mean, median, mode, variance, and standard deviation for a data sample (when appropriate), and be able to construct a frequency distribution for it and be able to state whether it is unimodal or bimodal, symmetric or positively or negatively skewed. 
10% 
Definitions and concepts. You should be able to describe the following: Empirical vs. analytic research; scientific explanations; the scientific method; qualitative vs. quantative research methods (and examples of each); primary vs. secondary research literature; metaanalysis; the three ethical principles of human subjects research (from lecture); sampling; generalization of study results; ethnographic research; the typical use of different types of studies during the software development process; internal vs. external validity of a study; reliability vs. validity of a measure; system usability; coding manual (for behavioral/observational measures); interrater reliability; retrospective vs. prospective study; demographic measures; between subjects design; distribution of individuals vs. distribution of means; levels/treatments/conditions in a study. 
10% 
Hypothesis testing. You should be able to describe the basic logic of hypothesis testing, research vs. null hypotheses (and how they relate to the populations/population parameters in a study and whether the test is one vs. twotailed), and significance levels. If provided output from R for Chisquared goodnessoffit, Chisquared test for independence, Pearson correlation or ttest of independent means you should be able to state what the results mean in English (relative to the study hypotheses) and reformat the results into publication format. 
5% 
Sampling and generalization. You should be able to describe simple random, systematic, and stratified sampling, and what constitutes a representative vs. biased sample and how this affects the generalizeability of your study. 
5% 
You should be able to construct a scatter plot from sample data and be able to estimate (using the "eyeball" method) the Pearson correlation coefficient given a scatter plot. 
5% 
Measures. You should be able to describe the steps you would take in validating a measure, including testretest reliability, internal consistency, and face, content, criterion, and construct (convergent and discriminant) validity, or identify when these are mentioned in the description of a measure. You will not be asked to calculate any of the figures, but you may be asked to interpret them. 
5% 
Survey measures. You should be able to describe and provide examples of: openended questions; restricted/closedended questions; rating scales (including Likert and semantic differential); and composite measures. If provided with a filled out survey index (composite measure) you should be able to compute the composite score. 
Weight 
Topic 
50% 
Study designs, measurement types, and which statistics to
use with each. You may be given descriptions of studies and asked to describe
their design and the kind of statistic you would use to analyze their results
with. You may be asked to give an example of a particular kind of study
design, including a research model and description of variables. You may be
given an excerpt of data from a study and asked what kind of statistic you
should use. Also important is an understanding of extraneous/confounding
variables and how to deal with them, and a conceptual understanding of
mediating and moderating variables, proximal vs. distal outcome variables,
and independent vs. dependent variables (relative to a research model). Includes
descriptive studies, correlational studies, demonstration studies, and
twogroup, multigroup and multifactor betweensubjects and twogroup withinsubjects experiments.
Includes descriptive statistics, chisquare goodness of fit, Pearson
correlation, ttest for independent means, ttest for dependent means,
oneway and multifactor ANOVAs. 
10% 
Data screening. You should be able to
describe how to handle study data once it is acquired including: screening
for outliers, floor or ceiling effects or other violations of analysis method
assumptions; knowing how to apply data transformations and when they are
appropriate; checking for potential confounds (betweensubjects) or order
effects (withinsubjects); and how to do subgroup analysis. 
10% 
Definitions and concepts. You should be able to describe
the following: Empirical vs. analytic research; scientific explanations; the
scientific method; qualitative vs. quantative research methods (and examples
of each); primary vs. secondary research literature; metaanalysis; the three
ethical principles of human subjects research (from lecture); internal vs.
external validity of a study; reliability vs. validity of a measure;
retrospective vs. prospective study; demographic measures; between subjects design
vs.
withinsubjects design; levels/treatments/conditions in a study; longitudinal
vs. crosssectional experimental design; singlesubject vs. group design;
covariate; quasiindependent variable. 
10% 
Hypothesis testing. You should be able to describe the
basic logic of hypothesis testing, research vs. null hypotheses (and how they
relate to the populations/population parameters in a study and whether the
test is one vs. twotailed), and significance levels. If provided output from
R for Chisquared goodnessoffit, Chisquare test for independence, Pearson correlation, ttest of
independent means, ttest of dependent means or oneway or
multifactor ANOVAs you should
be able to state what the results mean in English (relative to the study
hypotheses) and reformat the results into publication format.

5% 
Descriptive statistics. You should be able to determine the mean, median, mode, variance, and standard deviation for a data sample (when appropriate), and be able to construct a frequency distribution for it and be able to state whether it is unimodal or bimodal, symmetric or positively or negatively skewed. 
5% 
Study documentation. You should know the
major parts and structure of a study proposal and report/publication. For example,
you might be asked where your hypotheses should be stated, or what parts of a
sample proposal are missing. 
5% 
Power & significance. Be able to
describe the relationship between power, effect size, and Type I and Type II
errors, and the major study parameters that affect these. You should be able
to conduct a power analysis, given sufficient information, and be able to
compute effect size for twogroup betweensubjects and withinsubjects
experiments. 
5% 
Measure Validation. You should be able to describe the steps you would take in validating a measure, including testretest reliability, internal consistency, and face, content, criterion, and construct (convergent and discriminant) validity, or identify when these are mentioned in the description of a measure. You will not be asked to calculate any of the figures, but you may be asked to interpret them. 